Israeli Gunfire, Tear Gas Injure 100 as Gaza Protest Resumes

10 June, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Carlos George
  • The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City is seen through a door with the shape of star of David

Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in Jewish West Bank settlements.

"They organize this, Hamas".

The Palestinian Football Association opposed the game from the start, and blamed Regev for the move to Jerusalem and what they called the ensuing "disaster".

There are no vetoes in the 193-member world body, but while Security Council resolutions are legally binding, General Assembly resolutions are not.

Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game by moving it from the port of Haifa to Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation forces have been widely criticized for releasing a video in which footage of killed Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar has been edited in order to portray her as "not an angel".

Israel considers Jerusalem its "indivisible" capital.

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After Friday prayers, thousands of Gaza residents streamed toward five protest tent camps that had been erected more than two months ago, each several hundred meters (yards) from the fence.

Rajoub laughed off Israeli threats of action, denying there was any intimidation.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine president Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene.

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Netanyahu is now visiting Europe and his office could not immediately confirm the reports. "We had to cancel the game because we are humans before we are footballers".

Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out global friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players.

"Argentina is seven days from the World Cup". USA leadership at the time said it was "taking names" on which countries voted which way.

"There is no such state called Israel that could have a capital called Jerusalem", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in Gaza.

Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the protests have drawn global condemnation.

The IDF spokesperson Twitter feed said that in response to the border protests "IDF troops are using riot dispersal means and operating in accordance with the rules of engagement... to defend Israeli civilians in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip... from the Hamas-led attempts to conduct terror attacks".

Israeli soldiers on Friday killed four Palestinians and wounded more than 600 others protesting in Gaza along the fence that separates the territory from Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Israel cried foul Thursday after Argentina cancelled a football match with the Jewish state, anxious that a strengthening cultural boycott could affect its hosting of the 2019 Eurovision song contest.

He had also objected to having the match played in Jerusalem.

Israel has not qualified for the tournament.

"From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona", Sampaoli said.

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